War in Ukraine Day 9: Johnson stunned by Putin’s ‘recklessness’

War in Ukraine Day 9: Johnson stunned by Putin’s ‘recklessness’

A fire broke out at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant last night after shelling by Russian soldiers. The fire is now out. Located near the city of Energodar in southeastern Ukraine, Zaporizhzhya is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe. Initially, one reactor was said to have burned down, but later Ukrainian authorities reported that it was a training complex.

Overview.

acts of war

  • Russian tanks reached Energodar last night, where Russian troops opened fire on Zaporizhzhya. According to local media reports, the shelling stopped overnight.
  • President Zelensky said Russia wants to “repeat Chernobyl”. “No other country has ever bombed a nuclear power plant,” the Ukrainian president said. “For the first time in our history, the first time for humanity.” He wants Europe to “wake up”.
  • The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is closely monitoring the situation surrounding the attacked nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhya. The IAEA says that consultations on the situation with the Ukrainian authorities are ongoing.
  • The Russian convoy of more than 60 kilometers to Ukraine made almost no progress in three days. Various international media speculate why the vanguard of military equipment is still some twenty kilometers from the capital Kiev.
  • Russia is putting too much pressure on southern Ukraine. Yesterday, Russia claimed to have taken the city of Kherson. As far as we know, fighting is still going on in Mariupol and Kharkov.

ILLUMINATED

diplomacy

  • British Prime Minister Johnson said in a telephone conversation with President Zelensky that President Putin’s recklessness poses an immediate threat to Europe’s security. He wants the United Nations Security Council to meet today.
  • US President Biden spoke with his Ukrainian counterpart Zelensky about the situation around the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant.
  • Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau also spoke with Zelensky about the fire at the nuclear power plant and called for an immediate ceasefire.
  • Thirty foreign ministers from the member states discuss the war in Ukraine at NATO headquarters in Brussels.
  • Following the NATO meeting, there will be a meeting with EU ministers, including, very exceptionally, US Secretary of State Blinken. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Koeleba is expected to attend via video link.
  • Prime Minister Rutte called the situation in Ukraine distressing last night. “Russian aggression is completely unprecedented,” he said in a statement. “This aggression is also increasingly targeting not only military targets, but civilians as well,” he said.

Sanctions and Support Measures

  • The United States has imposed new sanctions on a number of Russians over the war in Ukraine. Putin’s press secretary and other personal allies of the Russian president are among those affected by the sanctions.
  • The Biden administration will be tolerant of Ukrainians currently in the United States for the foreseeable future. They will not be deported and will automatically receive a work visa that will remain valid for eighteen months.
  • Airbnb will no longer rent out rooms in Russia and Belarus. The Airbnb General Manager announced this on Twitter.

Source: NOS

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